I’ve written before that words have power. I will no longer be calling it the war in Ukraine or the war against Ukraine. It’s “Putin’s War”. It is true that the war is being executed by the Russian military, but it’s at Putin’s direction. It is Putin’s pilots who are bombing Ukraine and Putin’s military that is launching missiles and firing artillery into Ukraine. It is Putin who is committing crimes against humanity and it is Putin who is guilty of war crimes.
Words have power. Words have the power to hurt. They have the power to heal. And words have the power to define.
This is Putin’s War.